Getting (First Aid) Organized: Part 4 of 4

Our last installment of June’s blog posts about getting “first aid organized” is all about making better use of your cell phone’s emergency capabilities, including setting up your cell phone emergency contacts.
The recognized standard that’s gaining traction in North America is “ICE” (In Case of Emergency).This number helps paramedics and/or hospital staff reach your next of kin in case of an emergency. The idea is to list your emergency contacts in order of importance in your cell phone and you can have a few contacts (ICE 1, ICE 2, etc.) based on who you want contacted first, second and so on in an emergency. Even if your phone is password protected, smartphones with voice activation capabilities (like the iPhone 4), will allow emergency workers to activate a call to your ICE contacts via voice recognition without having to enter your phone’s password. So take a few minutes to program your ICE contacts into your phone and take one more step to being prepared for an emergency situation.
There are also a ton of excellent apps for first aid and CPR, so check out our previous blog post where we reviewed 5 free emergency apps.
Remember that effective first aid is about being calm, confident and using common sense!
There’s no better time to refresh your lifesaving skills. Contact us directly to set up an in-home family and friends first aid workshop today (in Southern Ontario).Three-hour hands-on infant and child first aid training sessions are designed with your busy life in mind. The next 4 hot Mamas who host an in-home session will receive our Mama Knows Best: Natural Healing Kit as a thank you gift for hosting!
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Getting (First Aid) Organized: Part 3 of 4

Our next first aid organized topic this June is about creating a first aid and emergency prep kit for your car. Most of us spend a lot of time in our cars, often with little thought about what we should have on hand in case of an emergency.

There are many really great pre-packaged car emergency kits available at places like Canadian Tire that include things like “help” signs, jumper cables, blanket, pylons, collapsable shovels, etc. This equipment is great to keep in the car and it will most likely be kept in the trunk because it can take up a fair bit of room.

I believe it is equally important to have a first aid kit ready and available in your car, just as you would in your home. There are also many great prepackaged first aid kits that you can find in stores like Shopper’s Drug Mart or Costco. They are typically priced between $25 – $50 and come with everything you might need for a basic first aid emergency. In your car, the most strategic and safest place to keep your first aid kit is underneath the front passenger’s seat. If you are ever in an accident, the glove compartment and/or trunk may be compromised and in-accessible. Under the passenger’s seat is  the most strategic place with regards to who will be able to reach it (individuals in both the front and back seats will have access), as well as from an impact perspective.

Always remember that first aid is about being calm, being confident & thinking common sense!

There’s no better time to refresh your lifesaving skills. Contact us directly to set up an in-home family and friends first aid workshop today (in Southern Ontario). Three-hour hands-on infant and child first aid training sessions are designed with your busy life in mind. The next 4 hot Mamas who host an in-home session will receive our Mama Knows Best: Natural Healing Kit as a thank you gift for hosting!

Getting (First Aid) Organized: Part 2 of 4

Continuing with June’s theme of getting your first aid supplies organized and cleaning up our spaces, today’s post is all about unconventional (and fantastic) first aid storage for the home. When we think of a typical home first aid kit, a small box of jumbled up bandages and gauze comes to mind. A small and easily disorganized “black hole” of first aid supplies isn’t the ideal storage system, especially when you are trying to find something in a hurry. Here are 3 superb alternatives to a home first aid kit to better organize your life!

1. First Aid Kit Drawer

If you can spare an extra drawer in your bathroom or kitchen, this first aid storage solution might be for you! A bird’s eye view of all supplies at a glance allows you to find what you need quickly. Separate various supplies into small containers for easy inventory and replenishment. Thanks for the great idea, Martha!

2. First Aid Hanging Closet Door Storage

Convert a basic clear-pocket shoe door storage rack into a fantastic first aid supplies display rack. Hang this on the inside of your linen closet, keeping all safe items (bandages, tape, etc.) close to the bottom and the potentially dangerous items (anticeptic creams, scissors, etc.) higher up and out of reach of little hands.

3. First Aid Kit Binder

A three-ring binder with clear plastic sleeves allows for efficient vertical first aid supplies storage. You can either group supplies according to “type” (ex: gauze, bandages in one plastic sleeve and barrier devices like gloves and face shield in another) or according to frequency of use (ex: bandages at the front and splints at the back). I love this binder storage method because you can also keep important paper documents in the plastic sleeves like adult and child/infant CPR Quick Reference Guides, as well as an emergency contact sheet for caregivers and babysitters to refer to. Keep this binder in a centralized place like the kitchen or bookcase in the family room within reach for kids who are old enough use the supplies inside. Make sure to label the binder very clearly to ensure it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of other books and binders on your shelf.

Have fun being creative and reorganizing your first aid kit so it’s more functional for you and your family!

There’s no better time to refresh your lifesaving skills. Contact us directly to set up an in-home family and friends first aid workshop today (in Southern Ontario). Three-hour hands-on infant and child first aid training sessions are designed with your busy life in mind. The next 4 hot Mamas who host an in-home session will receive our Mama Knows Best: Natural Healing Kit as a thank you gift for hosting!

Getting (First Aid) Organized: Part 1 of 4

Every Wednesday in June we will be helping you organize the important first aid essentials in your life! All of you organized (and would-love-to-be-organized) families can benefit from our weekly how-to’s.

TIP #1: The first place to start organizing your first aid essentials is in the home. Creating a home emergency preparedness kit is vitally important for all families, but especially for those who live in areas susceptible to natural disasters. Pulling together all of the contents for your home emergency preparedness kit doesn’t have to be overwhelming and intimidating – all you need is a complete list of items and a couple of hours to assemble everything.

Build your own home emergency preparedness kit with help from our 1-page PDF below!

 

Be calm, be confident & think common sense!

There’s no better time to refresh your lifesaving skills. Visit www.onsitefirstaid.ca/register to see our calendar and contact us directly about a session in-home, in-office or in-studio.